Friday, September 21, 2012

Double Bean Burgers with Avocado Cream

I never really thought I would want to try a bean burger until I saw these posted on How Sweet Eats.  She always makes things look so good, so I asked Corey if they sounded like something he would like and they did so I gave them a shot.  They were so tasty!  The burgers had great flavor, really garlicky and the avocado cream on top was the perfect combo! 

Double Bean Burgers
via How Sweet Eats
makes 6 burgers

1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 large egg + 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 whole grain buns, toasted if desired

In a large bowl, mash beans with a potato masher or fork. Add in cilantro, garlic, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper, mixing to combine. In a smaller bowl, lightly beat eggs and add in 1 tablespoon olive oil and panko, stirring to mix. Add the egg mixture to the beans, and mix thoroughly to combine, bringing it together with your hands if needed. Separate the beans into 6 equal sections and form patties.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil (or as much as you need). Add burgers and cook on each side until golden, about 5 minutes. Remove and serve with avocado cream on whole wheat buns!

Avocado Basil Cream
2/3 cup sour cream
1 avocado, chopped
10 medium basil leaves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper

Add basil and avocado to a food processor, blending to combine. Once somewhat smooth, add in sour cream and blend again until combined. Add in salt and pepper, taste, and season more if desired.  (Note: I couldn't find good looking basil at the grocery when I made these, so I left it out and it was still great!)

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